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In light of all the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Moms on the Run want to share uplifting stories about what our members are doing to stay active, to continue to crush goals, and to remain in community as a team. If you or your team are doing something fun or unique or cool, please email us here. We'd love to share it with our members.
One year ago, when Cassie Johnson joined Chanhassen Moms on the Run, she admits she couldn't run the two-minute interval as part of the learn-to-run program. This past weekend, she ran for two hours — completing her first 10-mile run and virtual race!
We will never tire of these stories that show the power of the human spirit and our Moms on the Run community. Here is Cassie's story in her own words.
"Before COVID 19, I made an insane goal to run the Women Run the Cities 10-mile race this weekend. I wanted to set a huge goal that I thought was possibly in my reach but it would be a big stretch. I started training for it on March 10th, just two days before the world suddenly halted. Of course the race ended up getting postponed and I was crushed, but I decided to keep training anyway since running was one of the few things we were still allowed to do and just to see if I could actually do it. So, this morning I set out to try and guess what? I DID IT YOU GUYS! I ran the whole thing!
BUT, that's not even the best part. While I was working my way through the first 3 miles, my super thoughtful friend Margaret Glasson had quietly assembled an appropriate sized (10 or less) support group of Moms on the Run friends. Suddenly, my race course had chalk messages pushing me on and surprise guests appeared along the path to social distance run with me through the hard parts. I even had the MOTR coaches magically appear as I was starting up a mile long hill! The whole thing almost came to a screeching halt because I was bawling seeing these faces I've been missing for weeks! Finally, it ended with the five faces I wanted to see the most! Brett Johnson and the kids were waiting at the end with a finish line they decorated. All five of them pushed me and cheered for me for 10 long weeks and 100 long miles of training. They gave me time, they gave me hugs and they believed I could do it before I did. I'm not even sad anymore that the race was postponed because this was the most incredible race experience I will EVER have! I feel so loved by this family and these friends! Thank you!"